The Prospects West Training Camp and Tri-meet was held in Kamloops on April 16-18.
"Prospects West" is the evolution of what had started back in 2003 as the "BC vs. Alberta" training camp and dual meet; for the first time, Manitoba and Saskatchewan sent a "Man/Sask", hence the name change to Prospects West.
"Prospects" is the name we use when describing our 13 and 14 year old swimmers. With the addition of the Man-Sask swimmers, the size of the camp grew to 96 swimmers attending the camp; not being able to effectively work with this many swimmers in the water at once, the boys and girls were split into separate groups, with one in the pool while the other took part in a dryland activity.
Coach Dave Johnson of the Cascade Swim Club in Calgary was the lead coach for the camp. All of the pool work was around stroke counting and reliability. The reliability being the ability to hold one’s stroke counts down at speed. Dave said that at the world level all the swimmers are talented and everyone works hard. The ability to be technically proficient is what separates the best from the rest.
Shane Esau attended as our physiologist. Shane again did hydration tests on the swimmers. He helped with the data analysis on our aerobic test set. Shane talked to the swimmers about the importance of warm-up, warm-down and nutrition. If you have any questions, Shane can be reached at email@example.com
Dr. John Hogg gave a presentation on Creative Visualization. The body doesn’t distinguish between a real or imagined experience so extra work through visualization can strengthen the neural connections in the brain and body. Visualization is a cornerstone of one’s mental skills package. It can be used to improve skills in workout as well as rehearsal for meets. He stressed the importance of clear, detailed visualization. He said that you have to believe in the process and practice it every day if you are to acquire it as useful skill.
Dr. Allan Wrigley gave a short presentation on starts and turns. He likened the movements involved in starts to walking and jumping motions. He also talked about the need to have great turns and streamlining all the time, not just during turn practice.
Eugene Liang joined the camp for the first time as our dryland specialist. Eugene does the strength and conditioning at the National Swim Center at U.B.C. His workouts were challenging and designed to help swimmer push through their perceived physical limits.
Team B.C. emerged victorious again in the meet. The final score was B.C. 1,790, Alberta 1,717 and Manitoba/Saskatchewan 1,577. Alberta jumped out to an early lead in the meet but our B.C. swimmers caught up in the second half.